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The Department of Health and Human Services is the Grants.gov program’s managing partner, and allows access to the 26 federal grant-making agencies available through this convenient E-Government initiative. Below are the links to those agency websites.
The Agency for International Development is an independent federal government agency that provides economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 100 countries to ensure a better future for us all.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is the nation’s largest grant-maker supporting service and volunteering. Through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs, the Corporation is a catalyst for change and offers every American a chance to contribute through service and volunteering.
Department of Agriculture
Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through antihunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.
Department of Commerce
The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation’s economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.
The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States through five major areas: peacekeeping and war-fighting efforts, Homeland Security, evacuation and humanitarian causes.
The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.
The Department of Energy’s goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.
The Department of Health and Human Services is the federal government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.
Department of Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist
attacks within the United States, reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism and
minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.
Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s mission is to increase
homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable
housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical
standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community
Department of the Interior
The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation’s natural and
cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities.
Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational
opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.
Department of Justice
The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States,
ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing federal leadership
in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful
pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.
Department of Labor
The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners
and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities,
protecting their retirement and health benefits and generally protecting worker rights and
monitoring national economic measures.
Department of State
The Department of State strives to create a more secure, democratic and prosperous
world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.
Department of Transportation
The Department of Transportation’s mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible
and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality
of life of the American people, today and into the future.
Department of the Treasury
The Department of Treasury is a steward of United States economic and financial
systems, and promotes conditions for prosperity and stability in the U.S., and encourages
prosperity and stability in the rest of the world.
Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs strives for excellence in patient care and veteran’s
benefits for its constituents through high quality, prompt and seamless service to United
Environmental Protection Agency
The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the
environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for
the American people.
Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for
the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute serves as a leader in
providing services to enhance learning, sustain cultural heritage and increase civic
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration serves as the nation’s forefront of
such exploration and continues to pioneer in aeronautics, exploration systems, science
and space operations.
National Archives and Records Administration
The National Archives and Records Administration enables people to inspect the record
of what the federal government has done, enables officials and agencies to review their
actions and helps citizens hold them accountable.
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting
excellence in the arts; bringing the arts to all Americans and providing leadership in arts
education. The Endowment is the largest national source of funds for the arts.
National Endowment for the Humanities
The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of
the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation
and public programs in the humanities.
National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created to promote the
progress of science, to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare and to secure
the national defense. The NSF annually funds approximately 20 percent of basic,
federally-supported college and university research.
Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration maintains and strengthens the nation’s economy by
aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of small businesses and by
helping families and businesses recover from national disasters.
Social Security Administration
The Social Security Administration advances the economic security of the nation’s
people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping and managing
America’s Social Security programs.
More than 1,000 grant programs are offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies, and these programs fall into 21 categories. Select any of the categories below to learn more about specific grants and agencies. Some agencies may be listed in multiple grant categories.
Business and Commerce
Disaster Prevention and Relief
Employment, Labor and Training
Food and Nutrition
Information and Statistics
Law, Justice and Legal Services
Science and Technology
Social Services and Income Security